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June 1 2006
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Cultural Diversity
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In today's world comprising 6000 communities and languages, the recognition and the defence of cultural diversity have become universal ethical imperatives. The challenge is two-fold: to ensure that individuals from varied cultural horizons engage in peaceful dialogue and live together in harmony while acknowledging and supporting their distinctive heritages and creative capacities.
News and Events
  • Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development Shaoxing, China
    31 05 - 02 06 2006 A follow-up to the international conference on Cultural Heritage Management and Urban Development, which was held in Beijing (China) in July 2000, this 2nd international conference will be aimed at increasing institutional understanding of tools for managing and developing cultural heritage.
  • Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts Programme in Asia: Call for Candidates Bangkok, Thailand
    01 06 - 31 08 2006 Entering its sixth year, the Seal of Excellence, continues to recognize handicrafts products that are culturally authentic and have been manufactured in a socially-responsible manner with respect for the environment.
  • Tourism in the Desert: A Challenge for Sustainability Algiers, Algeria
    04 - 05 06 2006 In the framework of World Environment Day and the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, a round table on the theme "Tourism in the Desert: A Challenge for Sustainability" will be organized in Algiers by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and the Algerian Minister of Environment.
  • Angkor: 14th meeting of the International Coordinating Committee Siem Reap, Cambodia
    05 - 07 06 2006 This technical session at the Angkor site will be presided over by the Ambassadors of France and Japan in Phnom Penh and is organized by UNESCO, which also serves as the committee's secretariat.
  • Omani Cultural Days Paris, France
    06 - 09 06 2006 In the framework of the "Proclamation of Muscat, Arab Cultural Capital 2006” a series of events on the theme of dialogue will be organised at the UNESCO Headquarters.
  • Third International Central Asian Caravan Forum Bishkek, Kyrgystan
    07 - 10 06 2006 After Tashkent (Uzbekistan, May 2004) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan - September 2005), Bishkek will be hosting the third international Central Asian Caravan Forum and will bring together performing arts professionals, cultural managers and specialists from Central Asia and their counterparts from many Western countries.
  • UNESCO Emergency Assessment Mission to the World Heritage Site of Prambanan in Indonesia Prambanan, Indonesia
    07 - 11 06 2006  The objectives of the mission are to assess the damage of the World Heritage Site as a result of the 27 May earthquake; identify remaining risks; and establish a list of priority emergency actions.
  • Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit Philadelphia, United States of America
    12 - 14 06 2006 Presentation of the Creative Cities Network: Global Collaboration for Local Impact.
  • Heritage Education - Capacity Building in Heritage Management Cottbus, Germany
    14 - 18 06 2006 The symposium, organised within the framework of the World Heritage Studies, a unique interdisciplinary Master’s Programme at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, will examine numerous facets of the World Heritage Convention.
  • UNESCO Cities of Music: Collaboration for Economic and Social Development Sevilla, Spain
    19 - 20 06 2006 In cooperation with UNESCO’s Global Alliance, Sevilla, in its capacity as the first City of Music, is hosting a workshop designed to give future UNESCO Cities of Music the opportunity to share their experiences and know-how regarding the music industry, both regionally and internationally.
  • Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts Programme in Asia Thimphu, Bhutan
    19 - 22 06 2006 This workshop will introduce the UNESCO/CCI SEAL of Excellence project to craft producers, retails and other stakeholders in Bhutan.
  • Inauguration of the Quai Branly Museum Paris, France
    20 - 23 06 2006 UNESCO will be associated with the events organized on the occasion of the opening of Musée du Quai Branly, Paris's new museum devoted to arts and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
  • Indigenous Film Festival Pau, France
    20 06 2006 - The film Los Antiguos (The Ancient Ones) was funded and produced by UNESCO and will be shown at the Indigenous Film Festival in Pau together with other films by indigenous film makers and internationally renowned directors. The festival coincides with the first International Forum for United Indigenous Peoples to take place in Pau from 19 to 25 June. 
  • Performing Arts Workshop Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
    26 - 30 06 2006 Within the scope of the UNESCO Post-Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme Using Traditional Performing Arts and Musical Expressions in the South and South-East Asian Sub-Region, the Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Network (APPAN) will finalize its series of workshops in performing arts with an activity in the remote tribal area of the Katchal Islands in India.
  • General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
    27 06 2006 - 29 06 2006  During its first session, and in accordance with Articles 4.2 and 5.1 of the Intangible Heritage Convention, the General Assembly will adopt respectively its Rules of Procedure and will elect an Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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